Fifth UN Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (STI Forum)
The Addis Ababa Action Agenda and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development established the UN Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM) to support the achievement of the SDGs. The TFM comprises an annual, collaborative Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum), an online platform, and the UN Inter-Agency Task Team on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (IATT) together with a Group of 10 High-Level Representatives from Civil Society, the Private Sector and the Scientific Community (10-Member Group). The IATT is tasked to prepare the sessions of the STI Forum in collaboration with the “10-Member Group” appointed by the Secretary-General. The IATT is also tasked to support the development and operationalization of the TFM Online Platform.
At present, UN DESA and UNCTAD serve as the co-conveners and the Secretariat of the IATT and provide substantive and logistical support for the organization of the STI Forum.
The 5th STI Forum will be held from 12 to 13 May 2020 in New York. The Co-chairs of the 2020 Forum, appointed by the President of ECOSOC Her Excellency Mona Juul are the Permanent Representatives of Ghana (Ms. Martha Pobee) and Israel ( Mr. Danny Danon) to the United Nations.
As in previous years, the theme of the 2020 STI forum will be ‘ Using science, technology and innovation for accelerating action and transformative pathways’, aligning the theme of the HLPF.